The most bizarre thing happened in the Pacers-Cavs game last night—all-world superduper star LeBron James was not treated like the special little snowflake that he is, but like a real NBA player.
Actually, that's only half-right. Cleveland inexplicably found itself trailing lowly Indiana with 0.8 seconds left in their game last night, when the Cavaliers decided to try an alleyoop inbounds play to LeBron. Danny Granger had the balls to try and intercept the pass and appeared to get between James and the ball and deflect it with minimal contact, but he was called for a foul. James sank both free throws to tie the game with 0.4 on the clock.
Well, Indiana decided to call the referees' bluff. The Pacers tried the exact same thing on their inbounds play, with LeBron guarding Granger. James deflected the ball, there was minimal contact ... and amazingly they called a foul on him with 0.1 seconds to go. Granger made one of two. Pacers win.
But at least Cleveland coach Mike Brown kept things in perspective.
"That last call, on the run, is the worst call that I have ever been a part of," Brown said. "I cannot imagine another worse call than that. It was an awful call and for him to take away a basketball game from a team with .4 seconds on the clock is irresponsible...
"I don't care if I get fined. It is what it is. I saw the two plays; just a bad call determined the outcome of that game. If they want to fine me for telling the truth, fine me. This isn't me. I never do this....
"It was predetermined from the call that was made at the other end of the floor, and it is very unfortunate," Brown said. "We got the game taken away from us. Absolutely horrible."
I also saw the two plays—they were exactly the same. Yet, LeBron was equally perplexed:
"The last call against me was not questionable at all," James contended. "No contact was made. The pass was short. You couldn't go to the rim. I was able to get a hand on it."
Oh, yeah? These 23 citizen journalist YouTube videos taken from the 15th row say different.